Latest Basketball News (Week 4 July 2018)

The Houston Rockets all ready to bring in Carmelo Anthony:

Carmelo Anthony has long been linked with the Houston Rockets looking at an impending move to the outfit and it looks like the deal might go through sooner than expected. As reported by March Stein of the New York Times, Anthony has finished with the nitty gritties of the deal and would be joining the Rockets as soon as he becomes a free agent. But that is easier said than done with the three-team trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers still to take place. Carmelo Anthony is reportedly going to released by the Hawks if and when the deal takes place. So a free agent status would not come easy in the coming days for Anthony. The deal is a complicated one with the Hawks sending their guard Dennis Schroder drafted the 17th Overall in 2013 to the Thunder s for Anthony and Lottery protected first round pick. Forward Mike Muscala was rerouted from Atlanta to Oklahoma City via the Philadelphia 76ers. Justin Anderson of the Philadelphia 76ers will move to Atlanta hawks to complete the trade deal.

Kawhi Leonard to re-sign with the Raptors

Kawhi Leonard has been the talk of the offseason with teams looking to build up their roster. Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune claims that Kawhi Leonard will re-sign with the Toronto Raptors. The San Antonio Spurs made a deal last week which saw them gain DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltland a first round draft pick for 2019 and in return gave the 26-year-old and Danny Green to the Raptors. Leonard has come out saying that he would like to play for in Los Angeles with both the Lakers and the Clippers as options. But Zeigler says that Leonard who can using a player option in his contract become a free agent next summer will stay with Toronto. The Raptors have a whole season to give Kawhi Leonard enough reasons to stay in Toronto.

Masai Ujiri apologises personally to DeMar DeRozan

NBA trade deals can be sudden and abrupt and though the initial discussions may revolve around the impact of the move and how it would affect other teams on the court the other part of the trade is the humane elements involved. Even if you are incredibly rich it is still difficult for someone to suddenly uproot yourself from a city and go settle in another overnight. The Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri knows this and that is why during his press conference on Friday he decided to take some time out to personally apologise to DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan has long been claimed the best Raptor ever and was instrumental in their recent success. He was under the impression that his position was grounded at Toronto but miscommunications during the Kawhi Leonard deal saw him having to move to the San Antonio Spurs.